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Parents smacking their children is now illegal in Wales, with First Minister Mark Drakeford calling it a historic day for children as it becomes the second UK nation to ban physical punishment - meaning children would have the same rights as adults.

With the legal defence of reasonable punishment being removed, anyone who smacks a child in their care could be arrested and prosecuted for assault.

People from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences have been appointed to the region’s new Race Equalities Taskforce set up to find new ways to ensure all communities share the region’s success.

The taskforce was set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Board to advise on policy and launch action to ensure that all communities can reach their full potential and benefit from the investment in transport, housing, skills and jobs across the region. 

Further cracks have been found in the bodywork of trams as services on the West Midlands Metro line have been suspended, with the operator saying that it’s for detailed inspections by the manufacturer after bodywork cracks were found on older trams.

Full services had only resumed in February after a stoppage which began in November when cracks were found in some trams. Midland Metro Ltd apologised for the inconvenience.

New research from online investment service Wealthify reveals a fifth (20%) of UK parents try to save for their children because they fear life will be harder for them. This follows the news that the cost of living has soared to its highest rate in 10 years.

Almost a quarter (22.8%) of UK parents feel like they don’t have enough income to save for their children - despite 45% earning more than the average UK salary (£31,000). Nearly one quarter (22.8%) of parents in the UK haven’t set up any savings for their children while over three quarters (76.4%) plan to:

Bradford, County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham have made the shortlist to be named UK City of Culture for 2025. A different location is given the title every four years.

The winning place will be announced in May and will be the fourth holder, after Derry-Londonderry, Hull and the current City of Culture, Coventry. The title has brought £172m to Coventry, according to the government, as well as events like the Turner Prize.

One half of British athletics' golden couple, Robbie Brightwell will be remembered for an iconic turn at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Born in Rawalpindi, India, Brightwell was brought up in Donnington, Shropshire, a few miles from the seat of the modern Games in Much Wenlock. So the story goes that a bright-eyed 16-year-old Brightwell read about running and the Olympics for the first time in the local interest section of a Shropshire library.

Talented Birmingham City University design students have created costumes for the opening event of the Birmingham 2022 Festival as part of the Commonwealth Games. Alongside London-based Costume Designer Sophie Donaldson, second and third-year Costume Design and Practice students at BCU have produced 22 aerial costumes and 300 costumes for the ‘Wondrous Stories’ production.

Five virtual docking stations have been launched in Harborne, in Birmingham, thanks to the support of Harborne Village Business Improvement District (BID).

The two-month trial is the latest development of the popular West Midlands Cycle Hire scheme. This trial is the first time virtual docking stations have been used as part of West Midlands Cycle Hire and will enable users to end their ride and park their bike in a signposted and branded area, rather than in a traditional physical dock.

The results for two of the most important youth campaigns for 2022 have now been announced, after 11 to 18-year-olds across the city cast their votes for the issues that matter to them, and the people they want to represent them. The national Make your Mark campaign, the largest youth consultation across the country, was combined with Youth MP elections for the first time, streamlining the way in which young people’s voices are heard.

Hundreds of thousands turned out to mark St Patrick's Day across the island of Ireland after two years of muted celebrations due to Covid-19.

With parades cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic, revellers went green and lined the streets of Dublin city centres as celebrations took place across Ireland, with massive crowds on the streets as part of a five-day festival - described as being "bigger and better than ever before", with estimated crowds of around 400,000.